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Sky Watch, and Haiku Friday





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A playful bonus … just because
cropped then ‘screened with exclusion’ and lightened

Thought for Today
“To repeat what others have said requires education; to challenge it requires brains.” Mary Pettibone Poole

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Enjoying the rain
Might the termites wash away?
Wishfully dreaming …

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Not our usual
Southern California skies …
lovely anyway

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My World and Monochrome Maniacs
Hmm … I see it’s become Monochrome Weekend
making this post late … sigh! Such is life.

A playful bonus … just because

Just for Fun … Creative Experiment
‘screened with exclusion’
(original is below)

Thought for Today
“A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.” Eudora Welty

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Returning from a
sunset ‘photo shoot’ my eyes
spotted reflections

in the windows of
these houses facing the beach
… sunset with palm trees.

The older I get
I find traditions changing
each and ev’ry year

but it seems we will
gather as a family
once again this year 😉

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Experimenting
in Photoshop Elements
I came up with two

versions that I found
pleasing to my own eyes and
decided to share

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Multi-tasking at
busy times of year is the
best that I can do

Wishing everyone
joyful celebrations with
family and friends

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Thought for Today
“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”
Bill Watterson

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Originals-straight out of the camera

Palette Knife

Poster Edges
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Pink Saturday, Shadow Shot Sunday,
Today’s Flowers, and Mosaic Monday

 

Thought for Today

 

“My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.” H. Fred Ale

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My World
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After being sick
last week I am catching up
by multi-tasking


Here in Southern Cal
we don’t see many color
changes, but walking

recently I found
colorful deciduous
trees and snapped a few

photographs to share
in mosaics … splendidly
this week, just because

Originals … straight out of the camera

Palette Knife
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Accented Edges, lightened

Invert

Accented Edges Solarized

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Accented Edges

Poster Edges

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Colored Pencil

Solarized

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Thought for Today

“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” Dalai Lama



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Photo Hunt & Color Carnival are in the next post

Belatedly here …
I hope you enjoy my pink

flower mosaics

Stained Glass Filter

Solarize, lightened

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“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

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South Breeze Farm hosted the Giving Thanks Challenge and I participated at Small Reflections in November of 2008 and decided to continue indefinitely … generating the following list one day at a time throughout the month of August.  I’ve decided to transfer the lists at the end of each month from Small Reflections to Happily Retired Gal … just because.  Click to see previous lists already published here.

1. Molly got to play with canine fur-friends at Camp Ilene while I drove a friend up to her house in Lake Arrowhead so she could take care of business related to the sale of the place now that she’s moved back to the beach.

2. the hot, dry, windy weather is predicted to end early next week and we’ve got a chance for drizzles … finally.

3. my sister called last night from the road … outside of Boise, Idaho and we were able to catch up with one another in a long chat on the cell phone.

4. the weather has cooled off considerably today.

5. I’ve finally managed to sort out the data in Quicken after multiple computer crashes messed thing up.

6. to have made it through last night’s Digital Media class on my own (since my friend ‘C’ is on the road with her husband) without getting totally lost even though it’s been months since the previous DM class … a HUGE relief actually.

7. to catch up with my friend ‘C’ (currently RV traveling in Michigan) on the cell phone today … almost as if she was in town.

8. for my sister’s photos from the road ;–)

9. the smell (and taste) of coffee (laced with half & half) in the mornings.

10. for a chance of rain next week … I’m keeping my fingers crossed because it’s been a long time since the ‘wet stuph’ fell in Southern California, but I’m also hoping it won’t cause landslides in the recently burned areas.

11. for the company of fur-friends.

12. we have cool overcast cloudy skies with the promise of rain for the next few days … I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

13. for overnight rain and morning drizzles.

14. we actually got REAL RAIN falling S L O W L Y enough last night & this morning so as not to cause mudslides in burn areas … I captured raindrops on blossoms to share at Happily Retired Gal & rain clouds to share in a T-13 Haiku Friday Sky Watch mosaic today here at Small Reflections.

15. for a full night’s sleep without interruption!

16. for friendly neighbors 😉

17. I was at home when my sister called from the road today. We had a good visit on the phone.

18. for wonderful memories of my brother.

19. for blue skies and lovely weather.

20. my neighbor shared new varieties of plants with me as she modified her own garden … then helped me split & replant my Amaryllis bulbs this morning.

21. Alice Audrey shared Nemo’s Award with Happily Retired Gal and that I’ve passed it along to others in my T-13 post there.

22. to celebrate my 2nd Blogoversary at Small Reflections today!

23. our local library invited Lisa See, author of Shanghai Girls, to give a talk yesterday … it was wonderful!

24. for a long catch up visit on the phone with my sister today.

25. Molly has two Golden Retrievers visiting next door and has gotten to play with them all week.

26. for the new PSE6 techniques I’ve been learning this month.

27. to be getting my hair cut tomorrow 😉

28. I’m able to pay bills online rather than writing individual checks and mailing them as I did once upon a time.

29. for a full-night of uninterrupted sleep!

30. the weather is sunny & clear … ‘buy one, get one free’ breakfast for lunch at Ruby’s on the HB pier was delicious … and my errands are finished so I’m home again this afternoon with time to relax and perhaps visit a few blogs before taking Molly for her afternoon walk.

31. Ms Kitty’s reclusive rather than friendly with strangers … especially at this time of year.

Thank you Joy

 

FYI – My previous Gratitude Lists can be found at Happily Retired Gal, my new WordPress site. It is my intention to keep this ‘Daily Gratitude List’ in my sidebar indefinitely because I believe it makes sense to focus on what’s right in our lives regularly. Click for:
2009 Lists – October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January
2008 Lists – December, November

Thought for Today
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’”  William A. Ward

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Friday afternoons
this is where I spend some time

buying fresh produce.

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My World and Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) t00.

Thought for Today
“One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.” Wayne Gretzky

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13 photos from
my sister in Alaska

RV traveling

Collaboration..
I create the mosaics

then share on my blogs.

Follow up from my
Outdoor Wordless Watery

Midweek Blues today

published earlier
at Sacred Ruminations …

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Until embiggened
dif’rences seem minimal …

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Original Mosaic

Ink Outlines – lightened

Solarize

Solarize – lightened

Solarize – lightened with Poster Edges

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Thought for Today
“Renew your passions daily.” Abbe Yeux-verdi

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scattered wispy clouds
return along with blue skies

backdrop for Palm Trees ;–)

Straight out of the Camera

Accented Edges

Poster Edges

Black & White – Scenic Landscape

Black & White – Infared

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Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Thought for Today
“The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.” Germaine Greer

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More photographs from
my sister in Alaska

RV traveling

Collaboration..
I create the mosaics

then share on my blogs.

Rainbow Falls – Woodland Hike

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Thought for Today
“Everywhere is walking distance
if you have the time.
Steven Wright
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Shadow Mosaics …
Photoshop experiments

Which do YOU prefer?

Sharing a few more
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Originals – straight out of the camera

Waterpaper

Paint Daubs

Poster Edges

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Shadow Shots at Hey Harriet

Thought for Today
“The secret of eternal youth is arrested development.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth


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13 new sky views
unique cloud formations each

day … fascinating

experimenting
with filters for kewl effects …

‘cuz I’m curious ;–)

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Morning Musings …

Daily musings from
my penciled musings in my

hand-written journal

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and if you’d like to listen to the Simple Truths video clip

Every Monday Matters

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Thought for Today
“The person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein


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Thirteen Mosaics

created with 13 views

straight across the street.

Amazing to me
how varied that view can be …

Note the cluster of

palm trees in each shot
underneath the various

sky vistas … then tell

me what’s strange about
the ‘view’ in the center … Do

you see something odd?


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Original – straight out of the camera

Posterized – 9

Poster Edges

Watercolor

Palette Knife

Dry Brush

Smudge Stick

Black & White – Scenic Landscape

Black & White – Scenic Landscape with Poster Edges

Photoshop ‘filters’
create ‘kewl’ effects … it’s fun
to experiment!

Invert

Black & White – Infared

Bas Relief

Zig Zag

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Thursday Thirteen, Sky Watch and Haiku Friday

Thought for Today
“The road to wisdom?  Well, it’s plain and simple to express:
Err and err again, but less and less and less.”
Piet Hein


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Nd60 019 cropped

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Thought for Today
“It is not enough to be busy … the question is: what are we busy about?”
Henry David Thoreau


Playing with ‘templates’
in Photoshop Elements …
enjoying process!

Thirteen ‘windows’ through
which to examine pansies
growing in MY yard.

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Wordless Wednesday, Thursday Thirteen, and Color Carnival,

See my other Wordless T-13 Colorful posts today at
Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations

Thought for Today
“Joy is not in things!  It is in us!”
Benjamin Franklin

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